18

Top 10 reasons why Marketplace trumps Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

This past Monday, Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), created a March Madness bracket to finally determine the top dog of the public radio world. In round two, it's Marketplace versus Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell me!

There's a March Madness bracket to finally determine the top dog of the public radio world. Vote for Marketplace!

This past Monday, Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), created a March Madness bracket to finally determine the top dog of the public radio world. After a strong win over Writer's Almanac, Marketplace advanced to the second round, this time facing off against perhaps the noblest of contenders, Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

In an act of good sportsmanship, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal invited Peter Sagal, his counterpart at the NPR quiz show, to join him on air in a pre-game assesment of the competition.

But trash-talking quickly commenced... 

"I'm just saying I got back-up," said Sagal. "I have the Kasell ... he was dominating public radio when you were in short pants, my little friend."

If you still aren't swayed, though, to help make your voting even easier, dear Listener, we at Marketplace assembled the Top 10 reasons why Marketplace trumps Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

Let's do the numbers:

1. We don't make you wait, we just tell you.

2. We ask celebrity guests about stuff they do know.

3. Sound quality at the Frank Stanton Studios in Los Angeles is better than at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Downtown Chicago.

4. We'd be funnier if we had a week to write our show, too.

5. We're there for you morning, noon, and night, they make you wait, wait for the weekend.

6. Our Monday blog posts won't give your eyes heartburn.

7. Financial literacy: The gift that keeps on giving. Stupid criminal stories? Not so much.

8. In the cut-throat competition to lure radio's most talented personalities, Marketplace won the best intern.

9. News flash: No one has a home answering machine anymore.

10. Peter Segal v. Kai Ryssdal. A picture is worth a thousand unbroadcasted words.

Check out the bracket and vote for Marketplace!

There's a March Madness bracket to finally determine the top dog of the public radio world. Vote for Marketplace!

Log in to post18 Comments

Pages

With my 3 computers, 2 tablets, and 2 phones, I've done all I can to help the cause.

The only metric of value...Who would you rather have a beer with? Kai gets my vote.

Hey Kai, let me know when you want to grab that beer. I'll buy.

So who's the smart guy who put my 2 best shows in the same region??? I'd have both shows in the championship round!.Let's call for a tie-breaker: a pun-athon between Kai and Peter!

Reason # 11 - marketplace has its own stand up comic, Robert Reich.
Yes, this is a dig.

Only someone as ineffably cool as Kai Rysdall could induce me to sit by the radio every evening waiting for 6:30 to roll around so I could hear financial news. The Spouse and I both think this is the best show during our week day (just be glad you didn't wind up in a bracket with Snap Judgement, though). _I_ sit in my car in the driveway waiting for the numbers. Rock on, Marketplace !

10 reasons Wait Wait trumps Marketplace...

1. Sandwich Monday is [slightly] less nauseating than hearing about record corporate profits.

2. Carl Kassel creates answering machines with the power of his voice.

3. Peter Sagal ran a mile in a cupid outfit for charity.

4. Wait Wait has never made me want to cry.

5. I've never once heard Dick Van Dyke sing on Marketplace.

6. There is no 6.

7. In the picture comparison, you'll note that Peter has no dollar bills in his hands, so he's helping the economy; Kai looks like he's wiping off cocaine residue.

8. I've never once sat in my car in a parking lot waiting to hear the numbers.

9. B.J. Leiderman did Wait Wait's theme...oh...wait...he did Marketplace's too.

9b. Wait Wait is 50 minutes where Marketplace is only 30, which is 20 more minutes of awesome!

10. I actually have a chance at appearing on Wait Wait.

*QUOTE*: 6. There is no 6.

HA HA HA
You win my vote, I don't care what you're running for.

Marketplace shares the same problem as every other news program: the ubiquity of the news. I can read any number of online news sources and get the same or more in-depth reporing. I can also go to biased news sites and see how various mind-sets are slanting the news. News is everywhere.

Wait, Wait — Don't Tell Me, OTOH, is unique in combining the news with intellectual humor in the radio medium in the U.S. There's precious little to laugh about these days, and WWDTM extracts chuckles from me every week.

Don't get me wrong — I value the news as much as humor. I get the Marketplace RSS feeds, and I read several news sources daily. But the rarity of the clean, intelligent, current-events humor makes it more valuable than any single outlet for straight news. Why do you think Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are watched by more people than Jim Lehrer?

Pages

With Generous Support From...